The BMVA is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to promote research in the fields of Machine and Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence in the UK. To achieve its goals, the BMVA organises annual conferences and other meetings.
The BMVA also may be prepared to sponsor conferences organised by others, as long as they are within the scope of the BMVA. Sponsorship entitles organisers to use the BMVA name and logo on all official announcements and documents. The BMVA's name should be clearly mentioned in the proceedings of the event. The BMVA will also promote meetings that it sponsors in its newsletter and electronically.
The decision as to whether to sponsor a meeting lies with the Executive Committee of the BMVA.
There are three types of sponsored meetings involving BMVA:
Category A meetings
These meetings are organised by a recognised collaborative organisation (i.e., IET professional group E4, Remote Sensing Society and Applied Vision Association). BMVA members are expected to have the same benefits of reduced rate etc, as the members of the collaborating organisation.
Category B meetings
For any meeting co-sponsored by BMVA and organised by some other non-collaborating organisation (i.e., an organisation not mentioned above), a flat fee is payable to the BMVA according to the following scales:
£100 if attended by 50 or more participants;
£ 50 if attended by fewer than 50 participants. This amount includes one paper mail-shot of a single A4 advertising leaflet, an electronic mail-shot, a link from the BMVA web page, and permission to use the BMVA logo.
Category C meetings
For any meeting underwritten financially by the BMVA, a share of any profits generated by the meeting is payable to the BMVA. This share is in proportion to the share of the potential losses that the BMVA has agreed to underwrite. A signed contract between the different co-sponsors is required before the pre-registration deadline concerning the sharing of any deficit.